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15 Comfortable Dress Shoes You Can Dance in All Night

Design: theSkimm | Photos: Target
Sep 9, 2022

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It’s a familiar dilemma: You’re heading to a party and are torn between choosing a comfy shoe or a stylish shoe. Because no one wants to deal with achy feet or blisters after being on the dance floor. Our advice? Get you a pair that can do both. Whether you’re looking for comfortable wedding shoes or comfy dress shoes for any other event, we’ve rounded up some faves.

Psst…this is part of our Relatable Fashion Week series. For more recs on what to wear with your comfy shoes, click here.

Comfortable nude heels that’ll go with any outfit…

Case in point: One HQ’r even changed into these on her wedding day. They’ve got a chunky round heel that looks chic but also offers solid support. Get ’em in over 20 colors and patterns to go with whatever outfit you’ve got in mind. They also tend to be a comfy option for those with wide feet. ($100, Dolce Vita)

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Ankle-strap heels that come in nearly every color under the sun…

These are another HQ’r fave for their long-lasting comfort. They’ve got a 3.5-inch heel for just enough height. We love the two-strap, open-toe detail, and customers say these feel sturdy and run true to size. They’ve been featured in the brand’s bridal and bridesmaid collections, aka they’re the perfect pair to complement any formal look. ($140, Sam Edelman)

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Lightweight platform sandals with a contoured footbed…

And an ultra-cushioned heel for max comfort. The chunky, 3-inch-heel slides have got a two-strap design — with both suede and leather— and feature an adjustable strap for the perfect fit. They come in two eye-catching colors, and, like most FitFlop footwear, customers rave about how comfy and sturdy they are. No aches and pains here. ($140, Nordstrom)

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Two-strap heels with braided details…

And hundreds of five-star reviews from those who’ve fallen in love with their style and comfort. You’ll be able to walk miles in these slip-on sandals without your feet aching. They come in seven neutral colors — and can be dressed up or down. Pair ’em with a summer dress, or style them with a casual jean and T-shirt combo for an elevated take on a classic look. ($34.99, Target)

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Comfy slip-on shoes with a tiny block heel…

Wear these to a wedding or to brunch with the girls — they’ll work with whatever you’ve got going on. They’ve got an embossed heel that makes them look more expensive than they really are, and you’ll get 2.75 inches of height outta this pair. Note that customers rec sizing up a half size and say that they’re not the best option for wide feet. ($24.99, Target)

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Heels for your next black-tie event…

They’re made with padding and carefully designed straps to avoid pinching and rubbing, so you can say ‘buh-bye’ to the usual blisters after a night out. We’re fans of the classic silhouette and circular buckle detail, and the fact that they’re available in three different widths. They come in four different colors, plus a bridal option. ($298+, Margaux)

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Low block heels with an eye-catching jeweled detail…

Basically a comfy shoe lover’s dream. They’ve got a wide toe band decorated with floral-shaped rhinestones, and customers rave about how comfy they are, even after hours of wear. The heel measures just under 2 inches and the pair comes in five different colors. Time to get low. ($99.99+, Aerosoles)

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A versatile sandal with a removable strap…

These are made from recyclable plastic and come with a strap that can either be removed for a dainty slide or added on for more support. The block heel is just the right height, and the cushioned sole makes them great for all-day wear. Plus, you can use the strap on other sandals by the brand as well. That’s smart. ($185, Alterre)

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Strappy, supportive wedges for your next outdoor party…

Enter: Your new favorite pair of dance shoes. These Lucky Brand wedges have got a linen upper and a classic braided espadrille heel. And they’re perfect for outside events so you won’t have to worry about a heel sinking into the grass. They’re giving stylish support no matter what the night holds. ($19.95+, Amazon)

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Simple kitten heels that’ll steal the show…

The devil is in the details, and the same goes for these understated sandals. They’ve got a calfskin upper and lining, and a stylish toe strap. Plus, the OrthoLite recycled footbed provides off-the-chart comfort. Customers say it runs large and is great for wide feet. ($130, Zappos)

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A chunky slingback sandal with a fun pattern…

Hello, ‘70s — we missed you. These sandals give big throwback energy thanks to their thick block heel and platform sole. We love the double knot detail, and while we’re partial to the denim, they come in four other colors including these gold numbers. Pair them with your fave party dress and get ready for a night on the town. ($94.50+, Aerosoles)

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Elegant comfort flats with a chic pointed toe…

And a scrunched back strap. Slip these on for running errands or grabbing drinks after work. The leather slingbacks come in five colors, and we won’t blame you if you snag more than one — we’re right there with ya. Pssst…the pistachio ones are on sale. ($59.95+, Sam Edelman)

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A puffy sandal just begging to be paired with a dress…

These square-toed beauties have a manageable kitten heel that won’t slow you down even after hours of wear. Choose from black, camel, or white. Take it from us, Alohas makes some of the most comfortable shoes we’ve ever worn. Click-click. ($85+, Amazon)

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A platform heel you’ll never get tired of wearing…

Hear us out, Michael Kors heels. We’ve been keeping this secret for years, but we’re finally ready to clue you in. These zip-up platforms are so comfortable, we have them in both brown and black, and we’re not the only ones. Many reviewers say they’re on their second pair. ($145, Macy’s)

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Platform sandals that’ll take you back to the ’90s…

The stretchy fabric upper will give as you move about and won’t cut into your feet even if they’re swollen from the heat. The platform sole is comfy, and they look good with dresses, skirts, or denim shorts and a tank. They come in black, plus two bright colors. ($89.95, Steve Madden)

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